GVHA corporate office operations strive to create the healthiest, most productive work environments possible for GVHA staff.
Transportation – We encourage our employees to use less carbon-intensive means of transportation. This is usually a bicycle, a bus, or walking to work.
Energy Conservation – Building lights and heat are turned off at night. Shop lights have been changed to energy-efficient bulbs.
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle – GVHA uses non-disposable dishes, and no longer use individual milk or creamers for coffee. Plastic, glass, paper and kitchen waste are recycled. The GVHA Board of Directors operates on a paperless system, where all agendas and documents are circulated electronically, and GVHA staff are using virtual Microsoft tools such as SharePoint and teleconferencing to reduce our Carbon footprint.
Carbon Footprint - GVHA joined the Climate Smart program in 2012 to find ways to reduce our environmental impact while cutting costs and improving operational efficiencies. Working with Climate Smart advisors on an annual basis, GVHA measures Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions from our operations.
Environmental Activities – GVHA staff annually participate in the Victoria Harbour and Esquimalt shoreline cleanups, World Ocean’s Day at Fisherman’s Wharf, World Environment Day and Earth Week events across the region.
Hold On To Your Butt Campaign in partnerhip with Surfrider Vancouver Island – GVHA has eight ashcan bins located in various areas on our properties. The cigarette butts in the ashcans get collected and sent back to TerraCycle, where the waste is recycled into various products. As of May 2015, more than 20,000 cigarette butts have been collected from GVHA properties.